Call For Submission: A Q-zine & OurSpaceIsLove Special Issue

Q-zine is the first pan-African, bilingual art and culture LGBTQI magazine.  In the next edition Q-zine collaborates with OurSpaceIsLove for a special issue exploring the politics and practice of love as a revolutionary force.

OurSpaceIsLove (ourspaceislove.tumblr.com) is an online community platform created by two African feminist friends in order to quench poetic, revolutionary and questioning thirsts. As African women and as feminists, we look to an understanding of love that recognizes the intentional act of embracing people who may be different from us but share the fact of being human. When we say ‘love’ we are talking about a concept beyond romance. We are talking about the feeling emanating from our hearts that seeks to instigate liberation in all that we do – individually and collectively. We are talking about love that inspires the desire to create spaces of peace for people harassed by discrimination and violence. We are talking about a love that motivates us to give, share, risk and speak up in the name of our collective happiness.

Recognizing love as revolutionary and as the guiding principle of our feminist practice and the principle upon which we build our communities, we are interested in exploring what it means for Africans to be connected both in the spirit and practice of ‘revolutionary love.’ We are interested in hearing reflections by Africans scattered across the continent and diaspora who share this ‘revolutionary love’ with and for each other and for the struggle for social transformation.

In this Q-zine special issue, we invite Africans on the continent and in the diaspora to submit opinions, essays, reviews, literature, fashion, art, poems, short stories and audio-visual contributions that explore the theme of ‘Love as Revolutionary Practice.’ As stimulation, submissions could explore:

  • How a politics of love inspires your activism or art as Queer Africans / on your work on LGBTI and human rights for all
  • How varied understandings of love shape your relationships, politics and practice
  • Stories of African queer love, from history, the present and your imaginations
  • Expressions of revolutionary love in building community and working for social justice

Co-Editors

Amina Doherty is a young Nigerian feminist and activist living in Kingston, Jamaica.  A ‘curious creative mind’ and ‘restless nomad soul’, Amina brings to her activism a passion for music, art, and poetry.

Jessica Horn is a feminist writer, poet and women’s rights activist with roots in Uganda. Her life’s work focuses on questions of sexuality, health, violence, and embodied liberations.

Please send your submissions to the co-editors, Amina Doherty, Jessica Horn and Q-zine at:OurSpaceIsLove@gmail.com or contact@qayn-center.org

First seen on the AWID website here

Deadline for Submissions: August 10, 2014

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